Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Magical Minty Cacao Cookies

After posting my Berry Bliss Philosopops, I was excited to see Sophie Jaffe of Philosophie retweeting the pops and posting them to her Instagram page. I told her that the recipe also works well with her other flavors, Green Dream and Cacao Magic.

Since I'm out of my last batch of Berry Bliss Philosopops, I opted to demonstrate some Cacao Magic ones on the blog today, although in a slightly different form. With the addition of mint and a change of shape, the chocolate pops magically become a gluten-free "unbaked" version of the classic Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies.

As you may recall, I posted raw vegan versions of all the classic Girl Scout cookies a number of years ago (a few on We Like It Raw and a couple more my blog). Today's recipe is slightly different than the old one, but I think I like it even more.

These days I don't stress as much about being completely raw, as I don't always eat that way anyway. Therefore, I have no issue with taking a shortcut by melting dairy-free chocolate chips, instead of making my own raw chocolate (although you are welcome to do so).

But enough rambling; here's how to make them:

First, I added 1 cup almond flour, 1/2 cup Philosophie Cacao Magic Vegan Protein and Superfood Powder, 2 Tbsp. Philosophie Cacao Magic Coconut Butter, 2 Tbsp. Philosophie Cacao Bee Honey, 1 Tbsp. almond butter, and sea salt, vanilla and peppermint extract, to taste, to my mini food processor.

I processed all the ingredients into a sticky crumb.

Using my hands, I molded the crumbs into a dough and pressed it out onto a piece of parchment. When I was happy with the thickness, my 5-year-old daughter (that's her hand in the pic below; she has blue marker on it from coloring earlier in the day) and I cut out 18 cookies with a circle cookie cutter.

We piled all the cookies onto a plate and put the plate in the freezer while we melted the chocolate.

We melted a bag of dairy-free chocolate chips in a double boiler, as shown.

Then, one by one, we dipped the chilled cookies into the melted chocolate ...

... and set them onto some parchment.

Lastly, we put them in the fridge to chill/set. The results were delicious (especially with a tall glass of almond milk)!

*Just so you know, I purchased all the ingredients myself. I'm just a fan of the Philosophie brand.